by James Adams
Blood pressure is measured by two different numbers, first is the systolic number, or the "top" number. Then comes the diastolic number, or the "bottom" number, this refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries when your heart is at rest or between beats. While many know how to read and treat the top number, most don't know what the bottom number even means. So let's take a look at the Diastolic number, and ways to treat it if it is low. Use home blood pressure monitor for regular monitoring.
When the diastolic number gets low, this is known as hypotension, and can have a number of symptoms that come along with it. Including dizziness, weakness, lethargy, shortness of breath, and fainting. That being said, it is always wise to keep an eye on the diastolic number, along with your systolic number.
So how do I treat my low diastolic number? Well the first step is easy, make sure your hydrated. Dehydration is a key component to low diastolic pressure, and can often be the biggest indicator and contributor. To combat this, all you need to do is drink water, beverages with electrolytes, and stay away from alcoholic drinks.
The second key to treating low diastolic blood pressure is to eat more foods with salt in them. This may sound counter-intuitive as many techniques for dealing with blood pressure suggest to limit salt intake, if your diastolic pressure is low, this may be just the remedy for you. Fast food such as burgers and fries will often help get your sodium levels back on track. If you're not a big fan of eating salty foods however, ingredients such as soy sauce can help maintain sodium intake while not actually tasting of salt, and is rather good in a number of homemade dishes; especially asian noodles such as white rice and udon dishes.
The final process for treating low diastolic pressure is to keep an eye on the amount of nutrients your body is getting. Lack of vitamin B-12 and folate can lead to low diastolic pressure, so make sure that if you're not getting enough of these essential vitamins to get some supplements from your local store, or contact your doctor to see if a prescription is needed.
These three easy steps can help both maintain your diastolic blood pressure as well as raise it to proper amounts. Always consult your doctor if the pressure gets too low, or you're starting to feel the effects of low blood pressure. However the best way to make sure you don't have low diastolic pressure is to measure it with a blood pressure cuff scale at home or at your local pharmacy.